Screen and Media

This qualification is nationally recognised entry-level qualifications for employment in the film, television, radio or digital media industries. This course prepares students to apply a broad range of competencies in a varied work context, using some discretion and judgement and relevant theoretical knowledge so as to provide support to a team.


CUA31020 – Certificate III in Screen and Media.

Course Duration/Hours

This is a 240 hour course that runs over 2 years. It may be possible to undertake a 120 hour course in Screen and Media to achieve a Statement of Attainment towards the above qualification.

HSC Information

This is a Board Endorsed Course and therefore has no HSC examination. It cannot be counted towards an ATAR.

Work Placement

Although work placement is not mandatory for this NESA course, it is highly recommended by the RTO as it is beneficial in providing students with access to people and resources in a Screen and Media environment. Students may undertake up to 70 hours of work placement, usually in 2 x 1 week blocks.

Days worked as part of a School Based Apprenticeship or Traineeship satisfies this NESA requirement.


This course is competency based and the student’s performance is recognised against a prescribed industry standard. Assessment strategies may include:

  • Observation
  • Student demonstration
  • Questioning
  • Written tasks
  • Tests

Students are given a number of opportunities to demonstrate competence across the range of competency standards covered by this course.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

You may be entitled to apply for Recognition of Prior Learning. If you have completed any training, either through your part-time work, TAFE or other school VET courses you have completed recently, or through experience gained in other ways you can apply for RPL. You should talk to your School VET Coordinator, Careers Adviser or course teacher for further information.


A course fee is generally charged by schools to cover consumable materials. Your school will provide further advice.

Units of Competency

To be eligible for CUA31020 you must successfully complete: 11 units: 3 Core, 8 Electives.


  • CUAWHS312 Apply work health and safety practices (Core)
  • CUAPOS211 Perform basic vision and sound editing
  • CUACAM311 Shoot material for screen productions
  • CUADIG303 Produce and prepare photo images
  • CUADIG304 Create visual design components
  • CUACMP311 Implement copyright arrangements


  • CUAIND311 Work effectively in the creative arts industry (Core)
  • CUAAIR312 Develop techniques for presenting to camera
  • CUAPPM312 Plan and prepare program content
  • CUADIG311 Prepare video assets
  • CUAWRT302 Write simple stories
  • BSBCRT311 Apply critical thinking skills in a team environment (Core)
Further Study
  • Certificate IV in Screen and Media
  • Diploma or Advanced Diploma of Screen and Media
  • Associate Degree in Screen and Media Production
  • Bachelor of Communication (Media)
Career Information

Job Roles

There are a variety of job roles in the Screen and Media industry including Camera Operators, Video Editors and some people move into the field of Web Design. Some work for television and broadcasting stations or production companies in major metropolitan and regional areas. Others work in the communication depatment of major, and sometimes more minor, government departments or private corporations. Advertising companies also employ people with training and experience in Screen and Media.

People workin in the Screen and Media field apply creative and technical cinematographic skills to tell an effective story in either film or video format. They work with raw, unedited footage (‘dailies’ or ‘rushes’) and select scenes, trim sections and arrange them to produce the final product. They also add music, sound effects, animations and other visual effects (VFX). They consult with production team members to discuss scene selections and any re-shooting of scenes.

Duties and Tasks

Camera operators work in film and television studios, as well as on location on film sets. When working outside they may experience all types of weather conditions. They work long hours, often until late, and may be required to work on weekends or public holidays. They may also be required to travel locally, across the State, interstate or overseas to shoot on location.

Video editors use specialist software programs to assemble individual shots into a story-telling sequence. They also correct and adjust transitions, apply colour-grading corrections, and add audio such as music, narrations and sound effects using software programs such as Final Cut Pro and Adobe Premiere Pro.

Personal Attributes

A camera operator or video editor needs:

  • to be passionate about film and screen arts
  • creative flair and a high level of technical skills
  • to have excellent attention to detail
  • good time management skills and to be able to meet deadlines
  • ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • good communication skills.

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